Are Portuguese bakeries disappearing? No, they are reinventing themselves!
Some years ago, Portuguese used to wake up at the sound of baker’s van, honking religiously at the same time to sell homemade bread – what Portuguese called “papo-secos”. Over time tradition was being lost and the habit of buying fresh bread in the morning do not passed to the new generations and the bakeries lost customers and were forced to close doors.
But something is changing. With the return to old traditions came the old habit of eating fresh bread at any time of day and the bakeries had to adapt to Portuguese new consumption habits, who are passionate about bread of all kinds, whether is brown bread, corn bread, rye bread, bread and cereal to carob bread.
A Padaria Portuguesa saw in the Portuguese passion for bread an opportunity and now offers several types of bread, with batches out several hours a day. In addition to the traditional bread is also available a kind of “pão de deus” (bread with sweet coconut layer) cakes, fast food and fresh juices. I dictated a new trend.
All over the city began to rise old bakeries or modern bakeries were born with alternatives to match all tastes. Take note:
Campo de Ourique gathers in the same neighbourhood some of the traditional bakeries of the city, as this is a neighbourhood with a tradition of bakeries. You can spot several brick chimneys, an evidence of a past linked to the confection of bread.
Panificação Mecânica – In addition to delicious bread and cakes, what stands out is the decoration of this bakery from the early twentieth century. Besides the decorative ‘new art’, is wrought iron and tiles from Bordalo Pinheiro stands out, as well as the huge chandeliers on the ceiling. A special atmosphere.
Where: Rua Silva Carvalho, 209
Beira Tejo – Bakery that stands out for having various types of bread such as white bread, mix, whole wheat or seeds.
Where: Rua da Escola Politécnica, 41
Padaria do Povo – Besides the yellow facade that stands out, this bakery resists since 1904, when it was founded to manufacture cheaper bread to the parishes of Sta Isabel and Campolide. Inside you can find a clock and safe offered by King Carlos I. A unique space where you can play cards, table football, darts or enjoying the terrace in the evening.
Where: Rua Luís Derouet, 20
Fábrica Lisboa – It’s the latest bakery in town and bets on French croissants, with light and crispy dough, which are served with ham, cheese, almond stuffing or various types of sweets. The decor stands out, with a number of vintage objects that will delight the most nostalgic.
Where: Rua da Madalena, 121
Quinoa – Biologic bakery that bets in modern products, especially the salmon bagels and cream cheese, quiches and fresh juices or Kusmi Tea. It has some distinctive options such as carob bread or sesame bread.
Where: Rua do Alecrim, 54
Miolo – Handmade biological Bakery where you can find naturally fermented organic bread without common wheat / gluten. Here you can find sweet potato bread and corn bread.
Where: Rua José Florindo, 509 (Cascais)